Setting the Table
After my second visit to Moe Moon’s, which is where Marvin’s Food & Spirits was formerly located on the Myrtle Beach Boardwalk, I like it even more.
The roomy restaurant has a long bar, three pool tables, booths lining picture windows (with views of the ocean and the Skywheel) and a patio area with umbrella-topped tables beside the Myrtle Beach Boardwalk.
Of course Moe Moon’s has a beach theme, which is pulled off in a tasteful and understated way with faded and streaky staining on beadboard paneling and tables, vintage beach photos and a few beachy relics, like a sunny VW van front emerging from a wall.
Local longtime businessmen Steve Taylor and Bill Prescott are the owners, and they’re serving great food at extremely reasonable prices.
Down the Hatch
At the end of May when my son and I first visited, the menu still said Marvin’s. When my husband and I dined on June 24, an updated Moe Moon’s menu was being used, and prices went up slightly.
For example, on that first visit my son and I were wowed by a $5 Jalapeno Pimento Cheese appetizer, because its pepperiness was so fabulous, and we were served a big bowl of corn tortilla chips with a hugely generous serving of cheese. The serving - which could easily serve six people - is still the same size, but it now costs $7.
The Mr. and I shared the Moe’s Bangin’ Shrimp appetizer for $7.50. So many restaurants now serve a version of this fried shrimp-bathed-in-spicy-sauce that Bonefish Grill made famous, I use it as a barometer of how the rest of the meal will go. Moe’s gets an A-plus for its version, which features piping hot plump and juicy shrimp in a delicately crispy breading with an Asian sweet and spicy sauce (extremely spicy, in a wonderful tear-producing way).
Moe Moon’s also has wings ($7 for six; $30 for 36) with flavors including medium, hot, barbecue, teriyaki, Thai Asian, Parmesan, habanero, chipotle, Caribbean and tequila lime.
Salads are $7-$10, and they come with house-made signature jalapeno cornbread that’s moist and cake-like, and not spicy. Burgers went up a little with the new menu - the $5 Mother Fletcher’s Black and Blue Burger (with bacon, blue cheese and an onion ring) is now $6, but it’s still worth the price. Diners can also get that Jalapeno Pimento Cheese on a burger, or choose the southern Electric Circus Burger, with chili, slaw and Cheddar.
Specialty hog dogs (regular-size and foot-longs) go for $2.50-$6, like the Coach Bennett BBQ Dawg topped with pulled pork, barbecue sauce, Cheddar, onions and slaw. You can order Beef Tacos, Chicken Tacos, Shrimp Tacos or Fish Tacos (hard or soft shell), and sandwiches ($4.50-$8.50) include The Grommet Grilled Cheese on Texas Toast with tomato and bacon; Jersey Shore Italian Sausage; and The Flip Flop Flounder Sandwich.
The only menu items more than $10 are five entrees (served with fries, slaw and jalapeno cornbread) priced $10-$14, including the Creekside Shrimp Basket and the Bike Week Barbecue Basket. The Mr. liked the Bangin’ Shrimp appetizer so much, he also ordered the shrimp basket.
If you’re a people-watcher, Moe Moon’s is a fine place to engage in tourist voyeurism while sipping on a draft Yuengling or a house Margarita.
My only complaints are the use of plastic forks and cups - food is easier to eat with real silverware, and drinks taste better in glass.
Becky Billingsley serves up fresh news daily at MyrtleBeachRestaurantNews.com.